Twitter dumps on Google's new search revamp

On Tuesday, we reported on Google's major revamp of its search service. That revamp included adding information to search results generated from Google's own Google+ social network. Now AllThingsD.com reports that in a rather unusual and public move, one of Google's rivals, Twitter, is speaking out against these changes:

Twitter is concerned that Google's changes would not allow "tweets" from its hundreds of millions of users to show up in Google's new search results. Its full statement is as follows:

For years, people have relied on Google to deliver the most relevant results anytime they wanted to find something on the Internet.

Often, they want to know more about world events and breaking news. Twitter has emerged as a vital source of this real-time information, with more than 100 million users sending 250 million Tweets every day on virtually every topic. As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and Tweets are often the most relevant results.

We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.

In response, Google posted a note on its own Google+ account that said, "We are a bit surprised by Twitter's comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have observed their rel=nofollow instructions." Ouch.

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nitins60 said,
Time for BIng

Bing in the UK is awful, only staff can change their searh engine in the IE9 address bar at my college and virtually all the staff did at the first oppertunity, meanwhile we have to put up with navigating to google.co.uk

thealexweb said,

Bing in the UK is awful, only staff can change their searh engine in the IE9 address bar at my college and virtually all the staff did at the first oppertunity, meanwhile we have to put up with navigating to google.co.uk

So download a better browser?

thealexweb said,

IE9 is the only browser installed and users don't have permission to install software.

Not with that attitude, I was always getting past internet filters, giving myself more ability's at my UK school but the admin's were clueless.

DrakeN2k said,

Not with that attitude, I was always getting past internet filters, giving myself more ability's at my UK school but the admin's were clueless.

Completely agree, I was the same back my day, however with newer versions of Windows, it's easier to lock down a PC for clueless school admins...

JustinN said,

Completely agree, I was the same back my day, however with newer versions of Windows, it's easier to lock down a PC for clueless school admins...


Ha! You reminded me of myself at college and uni, where I regularly got round the restrictions on customising Windows and installing programs.

thealexweb said,

IE9 is the only browser installed and users don't have permission to install software.

Shove Firefox on a portable USB stick? Sorted, yo.

De.Bug said,

So download a better browser?

I'm curious how having Bing as a default makes it a "worse browser", they are extremely lucky to be using IE9 and not IE8.

thealexweb said,

IE9 is the only browser installed and users don't have permission to install software.

Go to portableapps.com, grab a USB pen drive, and have fun.

testman said,

Ha! You reminded me of myself at college and uni, where I regularly got round the restrictions on customising Windows and installing programs.

At my school we used to get banned from the internet for being caught going on non-work related sites, but their idea of banning you simply consisted of deleting IE shortcuts and links from your login. All you had to do was create a link in word and Ctrl+click. Hilariously bad IT staff.

The Teej said,

Shove Firefox on a portable USB stick? Sorted, yo.

We used to do that and now they seem to have some blocking software stopping unauthorised .exes opening

DrakeN2k said,

Not with that attitude, I was always getting past internet filters, giving myself more ability's at my UK school but the admin's were clueless.

Our tech admins are horrible, if they catch you hacking or trying edit something they just delete your account and then you have to go see them in person for a new one where they can gang up on you in person xD

thealexweb said,
We used to do that and now they seem to have some blocking software stopping unauthorised .exes opening

Yeah, it's a gpo in Windows 7.

thealexweb said,

Our tech admins are horrible, if they catch you hacking or trying edit something they just delete your account and then you have to go see them in person for a new one where they can gang up on you in person xD

too right, 3 of us were using chrome, they screenshot us using em n locked our accounts and then moaned at us

DrakeN2k said,

Not with that attitude, I was always getting past internet filters, giving myself more ability's at my UK school but the admin's were clueless.


You deserve a medal!

zikalify said,
too right, 3 of us were using chrome, they screenshot us using em n locked our accounts and then moaned at us

And that's when you provide an A3 size diagram with a **** ton of facts and pretty pictures detailing why Chrome is more secure to use then IE

The Teej said,

And that's when you provide an A3 size diagram with a **** ton of facts and pretty pictures detailing why Chrome is more secure to use then IE

And that's when they laugh at you.

This is a funny reply by Twitter, because they have recently asked Google to stop indexing links on their site. Twitter is now angry that it'll be harder to find news, etc. Despite themselves marking links to e.g. news organizations and breaking news stories as "nofollow".

Edit: Made this information a bit more clear, with examples.